The Rise of Nationalism in Art: Europe in the 19th Century
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Osher (50+). This course explores European art and the development of the modern nation state in the 19th century.
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After the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars, artists throughout Europe increasingly turned their attention to defining national identities. Although art and culture had performed this task prior to Napoleon, the events of the late 18th and early 19th centuries provided a focus for a renewed attention to nationalism in the arts. In this course, we look at the art produced by the German Romantics, the French Impressionists, the Italian landscape painters, and the British Pre-Raphaelites. Each of these artistic movements provides a fascinating look into the emergence of nationalism in Europe. Our discussion highlights the development of the modern nation state in the 19th century and how this affected the art being made and bought in those societies.